Alaska Pacific University Receives $150,000 Saltchuk Scholarship

July 25, 2014

Gift will provide opportunities in post-secondary education for Alaska students

Anchorage- Alaska Pacific University (APU) is pleased to announce a $150,000 scholarship from Saltchuk Alaska companies that will be awarded to support the education of APU students. Priority will be given to recipients from communities throughout the state where Saltchuk companies Carlile Transportation, Cook Inlet Tug & Barge/Foss, Delta Western/Inlet Petroleum, Northern Air Cargo and Totem Ocean Trailer Express operate. Those communities include: Anchorage; Aniak; Barrow; Bethel; Bristol Bay; Dillingham; Fairbanks; Haines; Juneau; Kenai Peninsula; King Salmon; Kodiak; Kotzebue; Homer; the North Slope Borough; Seward; Unalaska; Wrangell, and; Yakutat.

“The Saltchuk family of companies has had a long-time relationship with APU that dates back more than three decades. Through a wide-range of cross company collaboration and synergies the Saltchuk Alaska scholarship program with APU was created. We are prideful of our post-secondary education priority and especially that we are able to focus on the communities where our companies operate and our employees live and work in” said Harry McDonald, Managing Director Alaska.

The Saltchuk Alaska Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher enrolled at least half time in any area of study at APU, an institution recognized around the world for its innovative curriculum of project-based education and collaborative learning community (learn more at In the spirit of knowledge sharing and learning as part of the scholarship program, recipients are required to participate in mentorship and job-shadowing with one of the Saltchuk family companies. Scholarship funds will be distributed in fall, 2014 and spring, 2015. “APU thanks Saltchuk for its generous gift which will help fuel APU’s spirit of Active Learning in many students from around Alaska,” said Don Bantz, APU President.

“This is a perfect partnership of passionate and trailblazing organizations that deeply understand the importance of education and giving back to their respective communities.”

About the Saltchuk Alaska Giving Committee: Saltchuk’s Alaska Regional Giving Committee is focused on making impactful gifts to the Alaskan communities in which we live, work and serve. The Saltchuk Alaska companies include Foss Maritime/ Cook Inlet Tug and Barge, Carlile Transportation, Delta Western/Inlet Petroleum, Northern Air Cargo and Totem Ocean Express. Learn more here.

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